We have had an abundance of blue in our little part of the world these last few days. Yesterday morning, the sun shone, the river sparkled and reflected the blue sky, and Hubby’s blue delphiniums were blooming up a storm. I love them.
|Blue flowers, blue sky, blue water.
And all this blue has me thinking that I seem to have an abundance of blue in my closet, all of a sudden. Especially blue tops that I’m not wearing very much. No point in these pieces taking up closet space if they’re not pulling their weight. So I’m determined to make more of an effort to get them out and about. And mixing the old pieces with new ones is a great way to give them a fresh look.
This blue and white Tory Burch tunic was a sale purchase in 2015. I had passed on it in the spring in favour of items I needed to take on our trip to France. So I was pleased when it came on sale later in the season. It’s super light and feels like linen even though the percentage of linen in it is very small. I’m wearing it with my new (this season) Rag and Bone black cropped pants, and black suede Paul Greene flats. The bag is Michael Kors, and it’s so old that my memory of its purchase is lost in the mists of time. But I still love it for the metallic clasp and the fat, woven straw. It has stood up really well over time. Especially since I use it most summers, and my sister Carolyn borrows it most winters when she heads down south to a conference. I’d wear this outfit to book club, or out for lunch, or downtown to a gallery visit and lunch with a friend.
The other blue top that does not get out nearly enough is my blue Equipment shirt. Another 2015 purchase when I decided that maybe my white shirt was a bit boring. This would be a great outfit for running errands or going for coffee with friends. I swapped my Paul Green flats for my old Michael Kors sandals. Easy peasy. I just have to make sure the shirt is pressed. Because I won’t wear it if it isn’t, and if I’m in a hurry, I will pull something that doesn’t need ironing out of the closet instead.
|My black pants and blue shirt look great with our freshly painted Adirondack chair.
This is the newest blue addition to my closet. I bought this Frame navy and white striped linen tee at Nordstrom earlier in the spring. It’s quite sheer, with a shirt tail hem, outside seaming on the sides, and an interesting mismatched stripe in the back. I think it’s supposed to be over-sized because I’m wearing size small. And as I said in an earlier post about my new Vince lilac sweater… a size small I am NOT.
Channeling Jackie and Laura.
I’m going to get a ton of wear out of this outfit in the next few weeks. For shopping on hot days, or out for lunch, or just running to appointments. Wearing this, I feel like a cross between Jackie O. and Mary Tyler Moore in the old Dick Van Dyke show from the sixties. Remember Mary as Laura Petrie? “Ohhhh, Ro-ob.”
So… now I’ve a few “new” outfits lined up to grab when I’m in a hurry this summer. Trying to take advantage of the abundance of blue in my closet. Like a good golfer who is supposed to utilize every club in his or her bag… or so I’ve been told… a good wardrobe planner should utilize all the items in his or her closet. Otherwise, those pieces are not pulling their weight. And you might as well store, donate, or consign them in your next closet cull.
Hopefully these three outfits will work as well under a rain coat. Because after I took the shot on our deck, above, the sun disappeared, the thunder cracked, and it began to rain. Hard. And then it hailed. And now it’s still raining. And Hubby says that it looks like this will be our weather for the week.
Sigh. Ah well, all that sun and blue sky was nice while it lasted. It’s just that I’m beginning to think we may never be able to finish painting our deck chairs. We have two more left to do. They’re stashed in our garden shed, waiting for a dry day. Ha. Maybe in September.
How about you folks? Any plans to utilize some of those items in your closet that may not get out enough?